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Bend tops list in change score, housing market changes

The landscapes in some communities, especially in the Northwest, have changed dramatically over the last five years.

Utilizing data from Zillow and AtoZDatabases, LendingTree looked at cities that have changed the most in recent years. LendingTree examined the cost of home ownership, rent values and changes in foreclosure rates to see where exactly in the U.S. this shift is happening.

The city that sits atop the list: Bend, Ore., with a change score of 43.92. Bend – which is 162 miles outside of Portland – has seen one of the most dramatic shifts in its quality of living. From new small businesses to transportation projects focused on walkers and bike riders, Bend has seen an increase in its amenities as well as housing market growth.

Housing Market Changes
Because of an increased demand for rental housing, the cost of rent in Bend rose nearly 54 percent between 2011 and 2016. With a growing population and shifting economies, the cost of rent in many growing cities has increased substantially.

While the housing market is moving upward since the economic crash in 2008, millennials aren’t buying homes. In fact, the percentage of young people who currently own a home is at a 30-year low.

In 2014, for the first time in 130 years, yes the late 1800s, adults ages 18 to 34 were slightly more likely to be living in their parent’s home than living with a spouse or partner. According to the Pew Research Center, in 1960, 62 percent of the nation’s 18-34-year-olds were living with a spouse or partner, today that number is down to 31.6 percent.

What’s the reason? Having a college degree tops the list.

By 2014, 36 percent of 18-34-year- olds who had not completed a bachelor’s degree were living with their parent(s), while 27 percent were living with a spouse or partner. Among college graduates, in 2014, 46 percent were married or living with a partner and only 19 percent were living with their parent(s). Young adults with college degrees have fared much better in this economy.

However, another reason is that millennials are more attracted to renting throughout their 20s and focused on their careers. They also want to be mobile and are delaying homeownership and parenthood until their 30s.

 

Meal of the Year, Feb. 25; BendBroadband co-sponsor

Meal of the Year, Feb. 25; BendBroadband co-sponsor

Buy your tickets today for the Central Oregon Community college’s Meal of the Year program set for Saturday, Feb. 25, 5:30 p.m., at COCC’s Mazama Gymnasium.  Tickets are $150 each and supports scholarships for COCC students. Guests of this gala evening are treated to a four-course meal, created and presented by Cascade Culinary Institute. BendBroadband… Continue Reading

BendBroadband designates $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County

BendBroadband is designating $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County for 2016-17. This is in addition to what employees pledge to their local chapters. Each employee is also encouraged to volunteer up to 16 hours a year while still being paid. “One of our shared missions is to be good citizens,” said Dave Wittwer, CEO… Continue Reading

BendBroadband designates $10,000 to United Way of Deschutes County

Community Spotlight: Healing Reins

Dita Keith considers her time with Healing Reins a privilege. Keith, executive director of the therapeutic riding center, has been with the organization for nine years, and to her, it’s an organization that truly matters in Central Oregon. “Our programs matter because they give families who live every single day with the challenges of caring… Continue Reading

Community Spotlight: Healing Reins

Don’t miss Jazz at the Oxford’s 7th season

Don’t miss Jazz at the Oxford’s 7th season

Our favorite time of year is just around the corner. Yes, snow-filled days on Bachelor are ahead (so fast, we might add), but we’re talking about Jazz at the Oxford. The seventh season kicks off next month, and once again, BendBroadband is proudly a sponsor. The concert series brings world-class jazz musicians to Bend’s renowned Oxford Hotel… Continue Reading

Win a spot at Max King’s Trail Running Camp!

Love the freedom and exploration that comes with trail running? Yeah, us too. That’s why we’re sending one lucky runner to Max King’s Trail Running Camp at Mt. Shasta in September. (We’ve been working with Max a lot this summer, including our recent Ultrafast Internet campaign.) The camp, which runs from Sept. 21-25, includes five days and four… Continue Reading

Win a spot at Max King’s Trail Running Camp!

BendBroadband field techs work with at-risk youth program

BendBroadband field technicians are taking their knowledge and expertise and sharing it with area at-risk youth through the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program. The Youth Challenge Program is a residential alternative high school where students (or “cadets,” as they’re known in the program) live on site for five months while attending a military model school.… Continue Reading

BendBroadband field techs work with at-risk youth program
Max King, our man on the trails

Max King, our man on the trails

Meet Max King, the most interesting runner in the world. The star of BendBroadband’s new Ultrafast Internet campaign, Max has established himself as one of the most versatile – and successful – runners in the country. This year alone he’s competed at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials (he finished 12th and was less than five seconds… Continue Reading

Dispatches from the Muse Conference

Dispatches from the Muse Conference

Last weekend, the fourth Muse Conference — World Muse‘s annual gathering of local women and teens, plus renowned artists, authors, athletes, entrepreneurs and more — took over downtown Bend. BendBroadband Business sponsors the event, and we also had folks in attendance! You should definitely go read their reports on Muse here and here. Continue Reading